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... on coincidence in a time that pretends continuum is just a girl or boy you wouldn't want to take to Dairy Queen


(Wile E. Coyote losing the thread of continuum. Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, characters in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon series from Warner Bros., created by animation director Chuck Jones and writer Michael Maltese, first appeared in "Fast and Furry-ous" September 17, 1949.)

"One thing art and science have in common?" Parson Diggers asks Penelope Anne Warren Olmquist.

He's sitting in the front seat of Edgar, his back against the closed driver's door, legs stretched out across the black tuck-and-roll Naugahyde of his granddad's '57 Ford Fairlane convertible. The top is down. The car is parked beneath an oak that's been standing in the grass between Poppasquash Road and Bristol Harbor, since before Henry Ford was a gleam in his father's rear-view mirror.


"Questions," Pen answers. "One thing art and science have in common."

She's lying flat on the backseat, head on a picnic blanket folded on the seat, legs up with bare heels resting on the slot above the rolled-down rear, driver's-side window. It's an evening in July. Still warm, the soft breeze blowing off the water is like nature's air-conditioning, as they talk after car-dining on burgers, fries and milk shakes from the Dairy Queen on High Street.

"When I was a kid I confused 'mediation' and 'meditation,' she says, "thinking mediation was just meditation that had been acted on. First you meditated on something. Then you mediated between what had happened in the thought-life going on inside your head, and the relic of a tribal social world still surviving, for a lot of non-constructive reasons, around you."

"Granny Big House said something very similar to that," Dig responds, "as she rose stark naked from a January evening bath and ran down Williams Street in the snow."

"That would be the night they took her to the Big House?"

"Yes. The night she got her second name, as they put her in the basement with the other Presbyterians."

"Why did they always put the Presbyterians in the basement?"

"Not sure. Maybe so they wouldn't spoil the party going on upstairs? They tended to have firm opinions about the usefulness of 'fun.' Anyway -- back to the beginning. What questions does art ask?"

"Everything that does not involve math," she answers.

"Music involves math."

"Right, because music was the inspiration for science -- the bridge over the troubled water between art and science. Music is how we learned to count. Add things up. See the world with balance and proportion. Form and sense. And later, using spreadsheet software, to discover our ultimate, human talent for creating fantastic theme parks of imaginary wealth."

"So it's music and not money, then, that is the harvest in the root cellar of evil?"

"Yes," Pen answers, "and why the Presbyterians in the basement of the Big House, held their singing tongues."

"So too much fun, too little fun -- is this why the human organ-playing-ism is having such a tough time composing music for the human genome score?" Dig asks.

"No idea. Unless," she says and turns her head, smiling at the head part of the driver resting in the front seat, "by 'score' you're making a ref to just the act of procreation, without the intent of actual creation? Please say 'yes'."


20150731 10:08 (438 words)
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music:
... from Tangerine Music Labs
- "Meditations" by Ryan Tanaka, performed by Deanna Lynn viola, Ryan Tanaka piano
- "Flying Party Ship! | Kerbal Space Program - Part 10.1" by Ryan Tanaka
- "Partita No. 2 in D Minor, 4th Movement 'Gigue'" by J.S. Bach, written between 1717-23, performed by Deanna Lynn viola, in a noisy pub in Monterey CA (2010?)
... and
- "The Tall Fiddler" by Tommy Emmanuel, from "Endless Road" 2004
- "Goodness Gracious" by Kevin Gilbert, from "Thud" 1995, rereleased on "20th Anniversary - 3 CD Set" 2015

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